consultation_200 Cardiology Fellows and faculty members are evaluated in order for the Division of Cardiovascular Disease to assess the success of its Fellowship Program in meeting its goals and objectives. The performance of each Cardiology Fellow is evaluated for each of the Six Key Competencies for each clinical rotation.

Cardiovascular Disease Residency Evaluation Committee

This committee was established in January 2000 according to ABIM Guidelines On Evaluating Clinical Competence For Subspecialty Trainees. It reviews the overall performance of each Cardiology Fellow once or twice a year at meetings that are open to all clinical faculty who wish to provide additional input.

Committee composition:

  • Training Program Director
  • Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chief Cardiology Fellow
  • faculty representatives from all clinical areas.

The committee monitors the performance of Cardiology Fellows, assessing the level of competence for each resident based on individual faculty evaluations documented in each fellow’s file.This assessment is summarized in writing and recorded in the program files for future reference purposes.


Evaluation Process

Evaluations of Fellows are completed for each clinical rotation by the supervising faculty member. Faculty are required to discuss each evaluation with the respective Fellow.

  • Attending physicians complete evaluations for Fellows on clinical rotations every 6 months
  • Research mentors complete evaluations for Fellows conducting research every 6 months.

Fellows meet with the Program Director semi-annually to:

  • review all their evaluations
  • report on their clinical and research progress
  • provide feedback on the Fellowship Program structure and content

The Program Director also works with Fellows scoring below program standards to identify causes for the poor performance and the means for improving the deficiency.

Cardiology Fellows have full access to all their evaluations throughout their training, and are able to access their evaluations as soon as they are completed.


Program Evaluation

Fellows are asked to evaluate the Cardiology Fellowship program

  • with the Program Director at semi-annual meetings
  • through anonymous evaluations of attendings and rotations

Summaries of these evaluations are accessible to the individual attendings who can use the constructive feedback to improve their teaching skills. Evaluations are also accessible to the Division Director for use during faculty reviews.

Feedback on specific rotations is used to guide changes and make improvements to program content and logistics.


Ongoing Communication

Cardiology Fellows are encouraged to maintain a high level of communication with the Program Director, the teaching faculty, and the research faculty. Periodically, group meetings will be held between the trainees and the Program Director in place of the Journal Club or at other times deemed more appropriate. These meetings will be used to

  • disseminate information
  • receive timely feedback
  • address concerns

Trainees may also provide feedback informally to the Chief Fellow, who communicates this feedback directly to the Program Director.

The feedback received through formal valuations and during formal and informal meetings will be discussed by the cardiovascular Disease residency Committee and used to make programmatic changes as appropriate.


ABIM Tracking

The Program Director submits annual evaluations of each Fellow to the ABIM. These evaluations represent a composite of

  • rotation-specific evaluations by faculty
  • performance in teaching conferences
  • strengths and weaknesses identified at the Evaluation Committee meetings
  • personal interactions with the Program Director

Evaluations will be discussed with the appropriate Fellow at the end of the year.